Many people have heard the term “puppy mill”, yet many more don’t really understand what it means, other than that it has something to do with buying and selling puppies.
The following article is intended to help educate the millions of responsible pet owners who may be about to unwittingly purchase a puppy from a mill because they believe that they are getting a dog from a “reputable” breeder.
Here you will find the shocking truth behind the cruel and inhumane trafficking of those innocent canines who are little more than a means to a fat bank account for the owners of these puppy mills.
What is a Puppy Mill?
The definition of a puppy mill is a large scale breeding operation purely for attaining the highest dollar profit possible in the shortest period of time with little to no regard for the health or welfare of those incarcerated.
Why Should You Care?
There are many reasons why dog lovers should really care whether the puppy they are thinking of buying comes from a puppy mill.
Firstly, when breeding usefulness is over, the mother of a puppy mill puppy you may have unknowingly purchased is usually killed or dumped in an out of way location where she will die a slow, painful and frightened death.
Even though breeders who sell puppy mill puppies may not technically be operating above the law, as they may indeed hold a breeding license, the standards of care required for obtaining such a license, as set forth by the government, is so far beneath what it should be, ending up being little more than providing bare minimum food, water and shelter.
Why is it Cruel?
Besides only providing minimal care, puppy mill breeders can own many hundreds of dogs of many different breeds and the breeding stock can be kept in unheated, small wire cages for their entire miserable lives, oftentimes being malformed and unable to even walk.
These tortured dogs can be bred over and over again, as often as possible, to ensure optimum revenue for their human captors.
Care Enough to Check
Beside the obvious reason of not wanting to support irresponsible breeders by being part of a chain of events that promotes more of this horrific and inhumane treatment of man’s best friend, oftentimes the puppy you buy will have genetic problems from the mistreated, malnourished, suffering, production-line mother, leading to multiple defects and disease in a puppy that may not show up until the puppy gets a little older.
What Sort of Defects?
The list is endless, however some of the more common problems and severe health issues leading to costly veterinary service found in commercial breeding operations include internal parasites (some that can infect humans), deadly Parvo and Distemper, congenital defects, such as displaced kneecaps, hip, eye and heart defects.
As well, oftentimes puppy mill puppies develop behavioral issues or extreme fearfulness and shyness because they were removed from their mothers too early to learn any socialization skills. Many times these dogs with behavioral issues then become an additional burden for rescue groups, humane societies, municipal pounds and SPCA facilities.
What about inspectors? Yes, there are inspectors out there, however, as is the case with many government branches, the many thousands of “licensed” kennels far outweigh the very few inspectors.
Where are Puppy Mill Puppies Sold?
a) Classified Newspaper Ads
b) Pet Stores
Where NOT to Purchase Your Next Puppy
a) Classified Newspaper Ads
b) Pet Stores
If you must buy…do your research and make sure that you are not contributing to the suffering of millions of adult dogs forced into a miserable life of inhumane captivity on the production line of a puppy mill because this is no life for your best friend.
Puppy Buying Protocol
(1) always insist on seeing the breeding operation beforehand, and be highly suspicious of anyone who is willing to “deliver” to you, or won’t let you see where the dogs and puppies live.
(2) Never purchase from a pet store because no responsible breeder would sell to a pet store, plus even the staff in the store may not know that they are also contributing to ongoing puppy mill hell.
(3) Never buy a puppy from a website, without first viewing the facility yourself, because as great looking as a website may be, this is an easy way to disguise a torturous operation.
(4) Teach your friends, family and acquaintances about horror of puppy mills because knowledge is the only way to put a stop to such inhumane breeding.
Shopping vs Adopting
Instead of shopping, consider adopting one of the many, many deserving dogs looking for a new forever home. If you’re looking for a new best friend to share your life, please consider the many, many alternatives and instead of shopping, do your part to help shut down puppy mills and instead, consider ADOPTING!
Always consider adoption, rescue and shelter services, many of which are rescues for specific purebreeds, so even if you have your heart set on a particular type of dog, there’s one out there that needs a forever home and the loving care that only you can provide.
Ain’t Misbehavin’ – Only Misunderstood
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